Fresh WD likely to touch J&K on Monday

Srinagar, Mar 10: A fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is likely to touch the region on Monday which could cause widespread rain on March 13 and 14 in Jammu and Kashmir, where the day remained pleasant, while minimum temperature was below normal.
A Met department spokesman said on Saturday evening that the weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, a fresh WD, originating in Arabian sea and entering the region via Afghanistan and Pakistan, is likely to touch Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, when there could be isolated rain or snow in Kashmir and Jammu while weather will remain dry in Ladakh.
He said on March 13, there could be widespread rain or snow in the Kashmir valley and scattered and isolated rain or snow in Jammu and Ladakh respectively. There will be no change in the weather during subsequent two days, he added.
Meanwhile, people continued to enjoy summer-like weather conditions in the Kashmir valley, where farming season has advanced by about a fortnight.
The maximum temperature remained between four to six degree above normal, while the minimum temperature was one degree below normal due to clear sky in the valley, where schools upto middle class reopened today after about three month winter vacation.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where the slopes are under several feet of snow, was the coldest in the valley after the minimum temperature was minus 3.5 degree, still half a notch above normal. However, the maximum temperature there was a notch above normal.
The minimum temperature at famed health resort of Pahalgam, base camp of annual pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, was minus 2.1 degree, about a notch below normal. The maximum temperature there was 15.3 degree, 4.3 degrees above normal. With the improvement in the weather, the water level in river Lidder, passing through Pahalgam, has also witnessed increase due to melting of snow on upper reaches.
Summer capital, Srinagar recorded 19 degree maximum temperature on Saturday which was about five notches above normal. However, the minimum temperature was 2.6 degree, about a degree below normal. The Met spokesman said the sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 18 degree and 2 degree respectively during the next 24 hours in Srinagar.
The border town of Kargil on Srinagar-Leh national highway, closed since December last year, was coldest in the region. The minimum temperature there was minus 5.2 degree at Kargil, while it was 2.8 degree at Leh.
He said the sky would be partly cloudy and maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 11 degree and minus 3 degree respectively during the next 24 hours in Leh.
At winter capital, Jammu, the sky would be mainly clear with the maximum and minimum temperatures likely to hover around 28 degrees and 13 degrees respectively during the next 24 hours.